Animal Husbandry A (Anatomy & Physiology) Online Course

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Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Get a sound foundation in animal husbandry over a variety of domestic agricultural species.  This course will help you understand how to diagnose disease or determine if an animal has sustained an injury; to help understand the physical capabilities or limitations of particular species;  to understand what happens in the nutrition and growth processes; and to assist you to get better performance for your animals.This knowledge is essential if you are going to work with animals in any capacity.


  • 100 hours / 12 months to complete
  • Self-paced
  • Expert tutor support by practicing Australian Vets
  • Printed Notes Available
  • Online – Study Anywhere, anytime

Course Aims:

  • Discuss the physical components of mammals and other animals, including cells and tissues.
  • Explain the digestive system of more than one type of animal, in terms of both structure and function.
  • Describe the circulatory system of animals, in terms of both structure and function.
  • Explain the urinary system of animals, in terms of both structure and function.
  • Explain the nervous system of animals, in terms of both structure and function.
  • Explain the respiratory system of animals, in terms of both structure and function.
  • Explain the reproductive system of animals, including structure and function.
  • Explain the muscular system in animals, including the structure and function of muscles, and meat quality.
  • Explain the skeletal system of a typical mammal, in terms of both structure and function.
  • Describe the biological mechanisms underlying the growth and development of animals and explain the endocrine system of animals, in terms of both structure and function.
  • Describe differences between different types of animals, in terms of both structure and function.

Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up a number of lessons or units. Each having self assessment questions, set tasks (practical homework), and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

There are 11 Lessons in this course:

Introduction to cells & tissues

  • livestock classes
  • livestock products
  • interrelationship between crops and livestock
  • cells and tissues
  • special properties of cells
  • osmosis
  • nutrient waste

The Digestive System

  • digestive system
  • mouth, tongue, teeth,
  • oesophagus
  • simple stomach
  • small intestine
  • large intestine
  • ruminant stomach
  • accessory organs of the digestive system
  • digestion
  • absorption and utilisation in the simple stomach
  • enzymes
  • breakdown by microorganisms
  • digestion, absorption and utilisation in the ruminant stomach
  • mechanical action
  • action of micro-organisms
  • utilisation of the end products of digestion

The Circulatory System

  • circulatory system
  • composition of blood
  • functions of blood
  • clotting mechanism
  • immunity
  • blood vessels
  • arteries
  • veins
  • capillaries
  • physiology of the circulatory system
  • rates of heart beats
  • spleen
  • lymphatic system
  • circulatory networks

The Urinary System

  • anatomy of the urinary system
  • kidneys
  • ureter
  • bladder
  • physiology of urinary system
  • excretion in different animals

The Nervous System

  • central and peripheral nervous system
  • main parts of the nervous system
  • neurons
  • sensory neurons
  • motor neurons
  • central nervous system
  • the brain
  • spinal cord
  • peripheral nervous system
  • cranial nerves
  • spinal nerves
  • autonomic nervous system
  • reflex actions
  • endocrine system
  • structure and function of the ear
  • hearing
  • structure and function of the eye
  • the iris
  • structure and function of the nose


  • anatomy of respiration
  • trachea
  • bronchial tree
  • lungs
  • physiology of respiration
  • gaseous exchange
  • rate and depth of breathing

The Reproductive System

  • anatomy of the male reproductive system
  • testes
  • accessory organs
  • penis
  • physiology of male reproductive system
  • hormone production
  • sperm production
  • erection
  • ejaculation
  • fertility problems in males
  • venereal diseases
  • other diseases
  • injury
  • physical immaturity
  • emotional immaturity
  • nutrition
  • poor handling
  • anatomy of female reproductive system
  • ovaries
  • fallopian tubes
  • uterus
  • cervix
  • physiology of the female reproductive system
  • ovulation, oestrus cycle
  • fertility problems, difficulties conceiving
  • venereal and other diseases
  • physical abnormalities
  • nutrition
  • inability to carry a foetus to full-term
  • pregnancy and parturition
  • fertilisation
  • pregnancy
  • parturition
  • birth process
  • difficult births
  • structure of the mammary glands
  • secretion of milk
  • milk ejection
  • reproduction data for cows, sows and ewes

Muscles & Meat

  • muscles and meat
  • smooth muscle
  • striated voluntary muscle
  • cardiac muscle
  • structure of meat
  • dressing out percentage
  • composition of the beef animal
  • meat quality and tenderness
  • juiciness
  • flavour
  • cuts and joints of meat

The Skeleton

  • bones
  • how bones are formed
  • anatomy of bones
  • fractures and fracture healing
  • five types of bone
  • joints of bone
  • the skeleton
  • dentition
  • the dental formula
  • cattle
  • dental formula of an ox and cow
  • eruption of permanent teeth
  • pigs

Animal Growth, Development, and the Endocrine System

  • growth and development
  • growth curve
  • prenatal growth
  • post-natal growth
  • fat
  • factors which affect the size of newborns
  • factors affecting post-natal growth
  • early maturing
  • compensatory growth
  • endocrine system
  • pituitary gland
  • thyroid
  • parathyroid
  • thymus
  • adrenal bodies
  • pancreas
  • testes
  • ovaries
  • pineal body
  • mucous membrane of the stomach

Comparing Different Animals

  • poultry
  • digestion
  • gullet
  • crop
  • proventriculus
  • gizzard
  • intestine
  • caecum
  • rectum
  • incubating eggs
  • natural incubation
  • symptoms of a broody hen
  • fish

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.


Course Tutors

Dr Karen Catchpole  B.VSc. (Hons)

Karen brings to Careerline great experience and expertise in animal Science. Karen is a practicing veterinarian, now in her own small animal hospital, after working in varied roles over 17 years since graduation from Sydney University with first class honours.  Karen continues to maintain active involvement in education in both professional development and in tutoring both vocational and university students.  Karen's field of expertise is in internal animal medicine & surgery of cats & dogs.

Dr. Karin Dreyer-Haasbroek  B.V.S.   M.Sc.  (Parasitology)

Karin’s love and passion for animals stem from growing up on a farm in South Africa. After gaining her Veterinary Science degree she worked in mixed general practice while completing a master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology. Living and working in South Africa exposed Karin to a vast range of experiences in the clinical veterinary field: treating patients ranging from marmoset monkeys to lions to the everyday cat, dog or horse. Two years as a Laboratory Vet resulted in helping farmers tackling livestock health problems in a variety of farm production systems. Since her move to Western Australia with her family, Karin has been working in a small animal practice.  During her 20 years as a vet, she has been involved in several research projects and the tutoring of students in various fields of animal science. She enjoys mentoring students and sharing her knowledge and she loves helping students flourish and realise their full potential.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

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2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.